Yes, that mysterious Meraas peninsula with the skyline-hijacking giant wheel is now open to the public and you should be excited.
Bluewaters Island is home to some pretty thrilling entertainment prospects. So we obviously have Ain Dubai (or ‘The Dubai Eye’ if you insist on anglicising it), the giant panoramic observation wheel that will be the largest of its type – another world record to add to the stack.
And it’s not exactly like they could have kept that wheel a secret is it? Full disclosure, it’s not open yet – but we’ll keep you posted on when it’s ready to roll. We wheely will.
Meraas promise an eclectic aesthetic mix of dining and retail concepts (and we’d expect nothing less from the region’s masters of leisure trend). The Wharf area will house a boulevard beset with 132 shops, bistros, charismatic eateries, stunning coastal views and breezy palm-lined courtyards. SOLD.
Three of the things we’re most looking forward to are the trio of Caesars hotels, bringing a welcome dash of outrageous Vegas to the location.
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai (the family focused one) all look absolutely stunning. They begin a staggered opening, with Caesars Palace welcoming guests from Thursday (15th November) and with Caesars Resort and Residences following on 16th December.
Does this in Caesars seem ambitious? Almost 500 luxury rooms and suites, 80 serviced apartments and a 500 seater theatre. We call shotgun on standing in the middle of the stage and screaming “are you not entertained?” (that’s one for the Gladiator fans). We know there’ll also be a beach club, a snuggle of trendy bars, restaurants and lounges and a Signature Qua Spa. Realness check – you can book rooms now (per night prices start around AED 1,800 for Caesars Palace, AED 1,000 for Caesars Resort and AED 2,996 for the residences).
To get to Bluewaters, arrive by road, walkway and water taxi. By car you can hit up the island via the Garn Al Sabkha flyover, near the last Dubai Marina exit on the Sheikh Zayed Road. On foot, head for the handy 265 metre esplanade spanning from The Beach on the JBR, up to the attractions. Or travel over Gulf waters with a new designated Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) water transport stop, housed in the Wharf Link area.
What’s happening there now?
Amid the twinkling lights and wheel spoke shadows, there are some retail and leisure outlets open. From a leisurely perimeter peruse we’ve spotted local favourite Coffee Club serving up designer lattes. We see a few open-doored boutiques offering up shades and beach style, but we heard whisper of an exciting new dining and entertainment venue launching soon. All we know is that it’s called The London Project, and the whispers tell of great food, fashion and art.
Call us a cab, because the anticipation is driving us round the bend!
Bluewaters Island, off exit 31 of the Sheikh Zayed Road. www.bluewatersdubai.ae/en/